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Odrisamer Despaigne looks dominant in losing effort
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

2-1Padres starting pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne turned in a dominant outing in a losing effort Thursday night against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, dropping to 2-1 on the year. The right-hander yielded two runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out seven over seven innings of a 2-1 defeat.

Over his first four starts covering 26 2/3 innings, Despaigne has allowed only four earned runs. He also owns a 0.98 WHIP and a 12:8 K:BB ratio over that span. His next start will likely come after the All-Star break.

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Tyler Lyons expected to be optioned Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Cardinals pitcher Tyler Lyons is expected to be optioned to the minors Friday, according to MLB.com.

Lyons will be sent down in order to make room for Joe Kelly, who is returning from the disabled list. Lyons was just activated from the DL Monday, and tossed three innings for the club Thursday. 

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Scoreless streak ends for Clayton Kershaw despite complete game gem
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw saw his dominant scoreless streak come to an end at 41 2/3 innings, but still posted a complete game victory Thursday night against the Padres.

Making his last start before the All-Star break, Kershaw allowed a solo home run to Chase Headley in the sixth inning for his only damage of the night. The right-hander allowed one run on three hits and one walk while striking out 11 over nine innings of 2-1 win. Of his 115 pitches, 85 were strikes.

Kerhsaw has three complete games this season. He owns a 1.78 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP over 14 starts (96 1/3 innings). The Dodgers have not announced their pitching plans after the All-Star break, but he will likely be one of the first Los Angeles pitchers to take the hill after the break.

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Padres looking to increase Jesse Hahn's innings limit
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

The Padres will likely increase pitcher Jesse Hahn's innings limit during the second half of the season, MLB.com reports.

Hahn has pitched 73 innings this season between Double-A and the Padres. At spring training, he was initially targeted to pitch 110 innings after logging only 69 innings under Tampa Bay's farm system last year.

"Having him reach new thresholds is important for his growth as a pitcher," said Padres assistant general manager A.J. Hinch. "He's done a great job with the added workload."

Hahn will make his final start before the All-Star break Friday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

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Chone Figgins nearing rehab work
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Dodgers infielder Chone Figgins fielded ground balls and took batting practice from both sides of the plate prior to Thursday's game against the Padres. Figgins has been sidelined since June 13 because of a quadriceps injury, and is nearing a rehab assignment, according to manager Don Mattingly.

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Josh Beckett plays catch three days after cortisone shot
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Just three days after having a cortisone injection in his left hip, Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett played catch prior to Thursday's game against the Padres.

"Josh feels pretty good," manager Don Mattingly said. "Played catch up to 90 feet, felt good. We're hopeful that this time will allow the injections and all of that to take hold, and we'll be able to strengthen areas that he needs to and just kind of feel better in general."

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Shane Victorino whiffs twice in rehab debut
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino began a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday with Class A Lowell.

Victorino finished 0 for 2 with two strikeouts in his first game action since a back injury. He will play another game at Class Lowell before playing two more games for Triple-A Pawtucket.

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Tommy Medica departs with groin tightness
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Padres first baseman Tommy Medica was forced out of Thursday's game against the Dodgers in Los Angeles with groin tightness.

Medica left the game in the bottom of the second inning with the injury, and was replaced with Rene Rivera. Medica is hitting .230/.275/.410 with four homers and 13 RBI in 122 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Friday's game against the Dodgers.

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Jeremy Guthrie gets obliterated by the Tigers Thursday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie was obliterated by the Tigers Thursday night, dropping to 5-8 on the year. The right-hander was charged with eight runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out two over four innings of a 16-4 defeat.

Over his last two starts covering eight innings, Guthrie has allowed 14 earned runs. He owns a 4.56 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP over 19 starts (120 1/3 innings). His next start will come after the All-Star break.

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Drew Smyly picks up win No. 5 before the break
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Tigers pitcher Drew Smyly (5-8) was not at his best but came away with the win Thursday night against the Royals in Kansas City. The right-hander permitted four runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out two over 6 2/3 innings of a 16-4 victory.

Smyly has allowed four-plus runs in each of his last three starts. He owns a 4.00 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP over 87 2/3 innings of work. His next start will come after the All-Star break.

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